Introduction to Poetry #4: Poetry Circle - Make Friends & Discover Poetic Forms

Alaina Bell Gao
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Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(398)
Hang out with creative friends and write a poem in a new style each week, like haiku, tricubes, acrostic, concrete, found and bop in our relaxed sessions that go beyond syllables and rhyming to celebrate international poetry forms.

Class experience

US Grade 6 - 9
This class is taught in English.
Refer to parts of . . . poems when writing or speaking about a text, using terms such as . . . stanza; describe how each successive part builds on earlier sections. Explain how a series of . . . stanzas fit together to provide the overall structure of a particular . . . poem. Analyze how a particular . . . stanza . . . contributes to the development of the theme, setting, or plot. Explain major differences between poems . . . and prose, and refer to the structural elements of poems (e.g., verse, rhythm, meter) 

Analyze how a drama's or poem's form or structure (e.g., soliloquy, sonnet) contributes to its meaning


2.2 establish a distinctive voice in their writing appropriate to the subject and audience (e.g., use punctuation, dialogue, and vivid language to create a particular mood or tone) 

2.3 use some vivid and/or figurative language and innovative expressions to enhance interest (e.g., strong verbs; concrete, specific nouns; unusual adjectives; unexpected word order) 

3.7 use a range of appropriate elements of effective presentation in the finished product, including print, script, different fonts, graphics, and layout 
Learners should have paper, pencils/pens, etc. on hand for each class or be able to open a word processor, etc. on their computer/device during the class to work on their composition.

Each week, I will write a unique poem in the style of the week to guide our discussions.
The topics in the class will vary depending on the learners in the class and what they bring up, and sensitive subjects may arise.

Meet the teacher

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Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(398)
Hi! My name is Alaina Bell Gao, and I am an experienced Canadian English teacher with 15+ years of professional teaching experience. As a dedicated, creative, gentle, and patient neurodivergent teacher, many neurodiverse learners thrive in my... 
Group Class


1x per week
50 min

Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(6)
Completed by 29 learners
Live video meetings
Ages 10-15
1-6 learners per class

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